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Newsletter: 02.04.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 Easter is here and the signs of Spring are heralding the arrival of our holidays. This week in school, we have been very fortunate to share some wonderful experiences. Year 4 went to Tattenhall, Chester on Monday for our first residential trip there, where they concentrated on willow weaving, team games and map work. They were a real credit to the school and to their parents, with the staff at the centre remarking on their high standards of behaviour and work. They were also impressed by our impromptu piano recital during dinner and the children’s amazing appetites!

 Yesterday, our strings ensemble performed some excellent French music whilst the rest of the school sang along under the tutelage of our fabulous French teacher, Mademoiselle Llaneza and Pia Oliver. Thank you to the children and adults for their hard work and to Carolyn Tregaskis who practised the music with her strings group.

 This morning, we had a very enjoyable and informative Year 3 Egyptian Exhibition for parents where the children were able to show all the amazing work that they have been doing in their History lessons – well done to Year 3 and Mrs Gholinia.

 Finally, Year 2 children were able to showcase their amazing efforts in music to mums and dads by performing ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on their instruments. In fact, it was so good and so well attended, that they had to perform twice just to make sure that everyone got to hear their great performance. Thank you Year 2 and Mr Donaldson.

 May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very happy and peaceful Easter.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Friends of Tithe Barn

There will be an informal Friends of Tithe Barn meeting on Tuesday the 28th April at the Kro bar. If you are willing to help or lead an event in the summer term, you are warmly invited to attend.

Please can we say a huge thank you for the hard work to raise much needed funds for our school.

Michelle Sinclair and her team created a wonderful Mother’s Day gifts stall. Michelle worked really hard to create some beautiful mothers’ days flowers and gifts and raised over £250 marvellous work –  thank you so much. Another big thank you to Hayley Townley and her team for the brilliant Bingo night!!   We had an amazing event with over 100 happy bingo players, it was a fabulous family night and raised over £450.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported these two fundraisers it really makes a difference. Funds will be spent on new cookery equipment and provisions, St John’s ambulance first aid training for the kids, new art supplies and seeds for the allotment, plus lots more.
If you would like to organise a school fundraiser we are always looking for new ideas and help.


If your child is going home with someone other that who they usually go home with, please can you let Mrs Barrett or their class teacher know. If they attend Stay and Play after school and are not attending one evening, please can you ensure that Mrs Maher knows that they will not be there.

Heaton Mersey Music Festival

The Heaton Mersey Music Festival was a huge success for Tithe Barn this term. The children were amazing in all their performances in Brass, strings and singing with Laurel Lane. If the school trophy cabinet is anything to go by, they were absolutely incredible. Well done to all the individual and group performers and thank you to the many parents and adults who helped out with this.

Top Gear Cards

Every now and then, schools are hit by a sudden craze such as Loom Bands and Football cards. These are on the whole great but sometimes can go missing and this then impacts upon learning time. Some children have been bringing in vast amounts of cards to swap and some of them have gone missing. We therefore ask that the children do not bring them into school any more as they are impacting upon different areas of school life.

After School Clubs

Judo restarts on Tuesday mornings after the Easter Holidays (Yrs 1 – 6). The new five week course will start at 8.00am on Tuesday 21 April and will run until Tuesday 19 May. The lessons stay at £20 per block with payment to be made online or cheque made payable to Tithe Barn Primary School.

Lacrosse continues Wednesdays after school but with a new coach. Sean Smith (who came over as part of a Lacrosse development programme with English Lacrosse) has returned to his college in America. Chris Peacock will take over the Club after Easter. Chris, who is also part of English Lacrosse, has already been teaching Lacrosse in the school so knows the children well. The cost stays at £4 per session (£20 for the half term).

After the Easter holidays there will be a new Athletics Club starting on Thursdays after school for Yrs 3 and Yr 4.  The club will be ran by our Year 4 Teacher Miss Heather Ainsworth until 4.30pm and will be free.  If you would like your child to attend this club – or indeed start any of the other clubs we are currently running – please fill in the Permission Slip attached and return it to school on the first day back after the Easter holidays.

Fundraising for Francis House Children’s Hospice

Thanks to Niamh, Grace and Sam in Yr 6 who showed their entrepreneurial skills helping to sell over 360 knitted chicks for Francis House (raising over £360). Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

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Lacrosse Team

Last week, the Lacrosse team went to the Greater Manchester Winter Youth Games to take part in the regional lacrosse competition. The team performed amazingly well and conceded the least amount of goals in the competition. They have therefore qualified for the national lacrosse finals in June. Well done everyone for your brilliant display.

Newsletter: 13.03.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 It’s been a wonderful Science Week in school with the children gaining some invaluable experiences from our visiting scientists, doctors and engineers. The children also enjoyed their visit from Zoolab looking at different animals such as cockroaches, rats and snakes. Today, Year 6 have been undertaking a Cabbage Science workshop, learning about polymers and PH. Thank you to all our parents and relatives who have been into school to help make our science week such a huge success. The children are very fortunate to be part of such a scientific community. 

 The children have looked amazing with their Red Nose Day funny faces and the Bake Off was incredible with very impressive cakes and biscuits. Well done to all the children for taking part and congratulations to Grace Brimage in Year 6 for her first-placed lemon and orange fairy cakes. World Book Day went off without a hitch last week with a fine array of characters coming into school – children and staff alike. The reading assembly and ‘drop everything and read’ sessions were widely enjoyed.

 My best wishes for the weekend

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Morning Lining Up

From Monday, we are making some changes to the lining-up on the playground before school at 0850. Class lines have become increasingly congested with parents saying goodbye to the children and it is making it difficult for the children to come into school in an orderly fashion. From Monday, the teachers on duty will blow a whistle at 0850 for the children to line up in their classes. At this point, can we ask all parents to move towards the area in front of the stage so that the children can move into the school smoothly, able to see the teachers on duty clearly.

In addition, teachers on-duty have recently been asked to take many items into school by parents to deliver to different classrooms. If you do have items to send into school and these cannot be taken in by the children, please can you kindly take them to the office rather than giving them to the teacher on duty. Thank you.

School Milk

This week, we have sent letters to all children detailing information about free milk for under-fives and milk provision for the rest of the children. Please can you read this information carefully and complete the relevant registrations if you would like your child to take part in the scheme.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

Thank you to all the parents who have replied to arrange appointments for our parent-teacher meetings. If you have missed the opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher.


During science week, the children have been starting to prepare the allotments for growing and have been planting out their seeds. However, we are fast running out of compost, so we would be grateful of any donations if you do have some at home.

Active Kids Vouchers

Just a reminder that if you do have any Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s, please can you send them to the school office.

Friends of Tithe Barn Support – Our PTA

Over the next few months we would like to organise some more great family events which will be fun for everyone and will raise some much, much needed funds to support our children’s education and learning.

To make these a success we need your help and we desperately need some volunteers who are willing to organise some of these events or suggest other events that will be fun. These are the ideas which have been put forward, if you think you or a group of you could help make one of these activities happen then please, please let us know, it would be really appreciated.

March 12th/13th –       Mothers’ Day Gifts  –  Michelle Saddoo

March 20th –                Family Bingo Night – Hayley Townley

April 2nd                      Easter Egg tombola and treasure Hunt

May                                         Family Fun Run –

June                                         Kids Cinema Night    – Julie Woosey


Quiz Night –


Father’s Day gifts     – Amy Walker and Alison Kellett



Summer Fair   lots of help plus 2 or 3 organisers

September                   Family Festival –   Team 2014 plus welcomed extra volunteers

October                        Halloween Disco

At the moment the positions of Chairperson or persons of Friends of Tithe Barn and Treasurer is vacant. If you would like to take this opportunity to really make a difference to our school please let us know.

Learning Resource

Are you interested in learning more about kids and computing? Then have a look at this fun free family event in Manchester

Friday 27/03/15 6.00-9.00pm Family Hack Jam

Saturday 28/03/15 10.30-3.30pm Raspberry Jam

 Friday 27th Family Hack Jam

The aim of the Family Hack Jam event is to bring friends and families together to discover the fun, excitement and power of computer science, through an enjoyable, team-based problem-solving evening. No experience is needed

Have a look at the link for more details


Erasmus Grant

Last week, as part of her French subject leadership, Mrs Gholinia applied for an Erasmus grant to support our resources and training in a joint project with Mersey Vale. If successful, this will provide an incredible opportunity for our two schools to develop French further. Thank you to Mrs Gholinia for all of her hard work on this.



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Lacrosse Team

 Having won the Priestnall Lacrosse tournament, the Tithe Barn lacrosse team qualified for the Stockport final for the third year running. On Wednesday, the team travelled to Reddish Vale to take part in the finals and were drawn against Greave, Rose Hill, High Lane and Gatley in the group stage. Tithe Barn won all the matches and were the only school to do so, winning by 11:4, 13:1, 7:3 and 8:4 respectively. The team qualified through to the semi finals as the highest placed team and once again met Greave, winning this time by 10:3. We progressed to the finals against Mellor Primary and again won, this time by 6:4 in what was a nail biting final. Well done to the team who along with Mellor, will progress to the Greater Manchester finals on 24th March. The great result is testament to the hard work and dedication of the children and the investment that Tithe Barn had out into PE, sport, lacrosse and extra curricular activities over the last few years.

Swimming Team

Children from Year 5 and 6 took part in this year’s Rotary Swimathon to raise money for local charities and the school. The children met at Stockport Grammar School and swam for fifty five minutes in three teams. The swimmers chalked up nearly 400 lengths in their session and really enjoyed their participation. The children were presented with their certificates of participation following the event. Well done to all the swimmers who demonstrated how important community involvement is to all of us at Tithe Barn.

Stockport Harriers – Cross Country Competition

The boys did really well over the season in the cross country racing with the Year 3-4 team running superbly to come 5th out of 29 teams over the season.
In the individual events, more than 130 boys took part in the races over the season. Tom Morton came in a magnificent 5th overall out of 70 runners that managed to run in at least 4 out of the 6 qualifying races, Billy Barrett came 14th in the table. Jonathan Hyde ran 3 races, Jamie Roberston 2, Jonah Quinn 1 and Hamish Morton (Year 1)  1, all scoring valuable points for the team.

Hamish was fantastic, filling in at the last minute and coming in 43rd out of 77 runners to earn valuable points for Tithe Barn to hold onto 5th spot. Well done everyone!

Netball Success

Our netball team travelled to Priestnall this week for the Netball tournament. The team showed amazing improvement and Mr Donaldson was very impressed. The team won all but one of their matches, coming second to Didsbury Road. They will now progress to the Stockport finals. What a fabulous effort.

Football – Tithe Barn 2: 1 St George’s

The football team played against St George’s Primary School last night in the Edward’s Cup. The boys played extremely well, showing excellent skills and technique. They had to work very hard indeed against a team who were much bigger physically. However, the hard work paid off with a 2:1 win. Congratulations to the team and specifically to Bilal Ahmed-Little who was our player of the match.